Feminine in yellow and blue: Friday Finds (for reals)

April 19, 2013
Today's Friday Find is a real find. Last week on Friday, I decided to take a trip to a local thrift store, looking for some over-sized shirts that I could re-make. While, I didn't find any I particularly liked, I found something even better. The exact type of shirt I was looking for, but it didn't need any refashioning. Well, maybe exact isn't the right word since I was looking for a lighter material, but still, it was perfect and I love it! What do you think?
Now, how about a little update on my family?
Chelsea has been walking since she was 9 months old and she is BU-SY! She definitely keeps me on my toes all day. She's also broadened her baby vocabulary. Yesterday she figured out how to make "g" sound and it has been so fun to hear her talking to herself using her new sounds. Her favorite "word" to say is "diggle diggle." She may not be able to speak with us yet, but she definitely understands what we're saying and has no problem communicating. She understands the words, "Daddy," "ball," "blanket," and "more" best and I think she's said her first word, if you can count it. I haven't really been counting much as her first words because I'm just not sure, but I think her first word was probably "Da Da." Normally I wouldn't count this because every baby says "da da," but she says it when Daddy gets home or when we're talking about Daddy. Not really bummed she didn't say Mama first, but I think she's getting pretty close. She still growls. All. The. Time. I blame Daddy. Hopefully she grows out of that before she's two.
Speaking of age, Chelsea's first birthday is coming up! Now I'm not really one to throw a huge birthday bash for her first birthday, and neither is Drew. One thing Drew does insist on is that Chelsea be given a chocolate cake to mash. I've seen a lot of children just stare at chocolate cakes so I hope Drew isn't disappointed by her lack of interest, if that's the case. We'll be sure to get a lot of pictures so you can see how it goes. In the meantime, anyone got any really good chocolate cupcake recipes?
And speaking of pictures...
Ta-da! Thought that the camera was just a prop, didn't you? Andrew surprised me with a camera today! Well, sort of. I've been saving every $5.00 bill that comes my way for the past few months for this camera, plus I committed to use my birthday money and money from my Etsy shop. So at this point, I've got at least half of the camera paid off. I'm a little nervous because I want to be a good photographer, but I know there's a lot to learn. Hopefully I'll be a quick learner because I have a lot of pictures to take, especially for my Etsy shop! I might have to use the talents of my friend, Mariasha for a bit longer.
The Etsy shop is starting to take off! Hallelujah! Still not getting orders as often as I want, or as many as I want, but it's a start. I'm thinking of adding a couple more items that I think will sell pretty well. I would like to tell you about them, but how about I show you one of the items instead?
Don't you love it?! I am so happy with how this dress turned out, plus I learned a lot from making it without actually making a million mistakes. Do you think buyers will like it, too?

As for Drew and me? Drew is still working really hard to earn money for our little family. We would like to buy a house in the next little while so I'll keep you posted on the progress of that! I'm looking for another project. Kind of. I've got some leftover Rainbow Chevron fabric that I would like to use for something, but I'm not positive what I want to use it for. Do you have any good ideas? Send them my way!

So everything's good at our house. This weekend we hope to try another hiking trip! I really hope it's not windy this time! It would be nice to hike when Chelsea is not screaming. At least we know now that when she's screaming, all she probably wants is a rock.



  1. what a sweet gift! I love my camera, even though I'm not professional. The action shot is the BEST for babies. You should look into making camera straps... There are so many fun fabrics I bet they would sell like crazy! Enjoy your hike :)

    1. Yes! I had so much fun following Chelsea around snapping pictures of her whiles. I'm enjoying it, too, even if I'm not a professional.
      That's a really good idea! I'd like a camera strap myself! I'll have to look into it... Thanks for visiting and commenting! Keep 'em comin'!

  2. maybe you could make a padded camera strap for your new lens? I've seen them online with an added layer of lace to them that I love but they usually run about $30. it would be the perfect project for you I think :] and please include a tutorial so I can make one, too :) or maybe I'll just buy one off of you. haha.

    um...okay. so I JUST NOW saw the comment above this one. der. LOL. it seems you are meant to make a camera strap!

    also, I am no professional either. but it sure is fun taking pictures of little ones! I'm sure you will love it! I'm still learning lots about photography.

    1. I guess you're right! I'm pretty sure I have an idea of how I want to make it, but do you think people would like padded straps? Or do you think they'd be fine with just a regular strap that's made really cute?

    2. hm, good question. I think if I were to make one for me I would put some padding in it (like fusible fleece) because my current strap is very uncomfortable, but just a normal strap cover works too :)

  3. LOVE your yellow skinnies! LOVE her dress! LOVE your new camera! Wahooo!! This is Karissa...ps

  4. Gotta' love getting a new camera! What type did you get?


    1. Canon T3. Nothing too fancy-shmancy, but I love it! Thanks for commenting!


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